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Snowshoeing in the high Tatra mountains

Tatra Winter Family Activity Week

8 days
from
$1,879 USD
incl. taxes
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Suitable for:
Age 9+
Activity level:
Moderate
Trip code: 
FCVT
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Family Group
Activity:
Family Tours
Group size:
8–16
Designed for:
Ages 13-16
Also for:
Ages 9-12

Try a wide range of winter sports

A snow-laden landscape is always a wonderful sight in the mountains. For some it means heading to the slopes, for others it means strapping on the snowshoes or harnessing the dogs. There are so many different options it can be hard to choose. Luckily during this week that isn’t a problem: from our base high in the Tatra Mountains we enjoy a fantastic week trying a host of the most popular winter sports, including downhill skiing and snowshoeing. We also experience dogsledding in this unique high mountain atmosphere. Add to that a visit to nearby thermal pools and you have the perfect way to experience winter at its best.

Highlights

  • Great range of winter activities
  • Fantastic value for money
  • Traditional Slovak culture
  • Visit the Bukowina Thermal Pools

Key information

  • 7 nights accommodation at Hotel Villa Siesta
  • 5 days of mixed activities
  • Group normally 8 to 16, plus local leader. Min age 13 yrs 
  • No previous experience necessary but reasonable fitness required

 

  • Countries visited: Slovakia, Poland

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner
  • All accommodation
  • Transfer for group flights

 

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas & vaccinations
  • Single supplement
Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Smokovec.

    The trip starts today in the Tatras resort town of Smokovec popular for skiing and hiking.
    Hotel Villa Siesta

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    A full day introduction to snowshoeing.

    After breakfast we have a short transfer to the Goral village of Zdiar. Starting at the Strednica ski centre we follow the ridge of Spisska Magura Mountain all the way to the Bachledova valley. On the way there are some lovely views over the ridges of the Belianske Tatras. The terrain will be relatively easy. Some of these routes were used long ago by local smugglers to bring goods either from Poland to Slovakia or the other way around.
    Hotel Villa Siesta

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 3

    Cross-country skiing instruction followed by a guided itinerary at Strbske Pleso.

    Today begins with a trip on the local Tatra train up to Strbske Pleso Lake (1361m) framed by the white peaks of the surrounding mountains. This is one of the most popular areas in the whole of the Tatras for winter sports and we will receive instruction from the leader before heading out across the frozen lake to try our skills (located close to a stadium and groomed tracks). As a sport, cross-country skiing is one of the most complete workouts, as its motions use every major muscle group. The skis are long and thin, the toe of the skier's footwear is attached to the ski with a binding, while the heel remains free. This area is great for beginner and intermediate cross-country skiers, and lunch can be taken at one of the restaurants on the bank.
    Hotel Villa Siesta

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    A trip to the Tatra mountains for dogsledding: tour of the town, afternoon visit to the thermal pools at Bukowina Tatranska.

    After breakfast, transfer to the Tatra Mountains. Location will be chosen by the dog sledding team according to which area offers the best conditions. High snow-covered meadows provide the perfect terrain for dogsledding. It’s here that skilled mushers will show you how to work the dog sled, before its time to have a go yourself. Dogsledding is great fun for parents and kids – and it’ll give everyone exciting stories to tell their friends!

    Later today, we visit thermal pools in Besenova, surroundind by the peaks of the Tatras. There are both indoor and outdoor pools, which provide relaxation for the grown-ups and something fun for the kids, too. Why not also find time for saunas, Jacuzzis and a visit to the wellness centre (optional). 

    Hotel Villa Siesta

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Transfer to the downhill slopes for some skiing or snowboarding (instruction available, payable locally).

    A short trip on the local train takes us to Tatranska Lomnica, one of the best areas for downhill skiing in the country. Here you will find a number of slopes to choose from. Our first stop is the rental shop to pick up skis or a board. The day is then ours to enjoy. For those looking for a relaxing break there is the option to take the cable car to the second highest peak in the whole of Slovakia, the Lomnicky Peak and enjoy the amazing views from the highest Slovakian bar at 2634 m.
    Hotel Villa Siesta

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Free day to choose from the many activities and attractions, such as the Belianska Cave.

    We have a free day to choose from the many activities available in the Tatra Mountains region. These include all of the activities we have tried during the week, as well as snow tubing, and ice skating. There is also the beautiful Belianska Cave near Zdiar with waterfalls, pagoda-shaped stalagmites and numerous little lakes. The Tatra town of Poprad is also reachable in a day. Your leader will of course be on hand for advice.
    Hotel Villa Siesta

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Cable car ride up to Hrebienok for winter walk, afternoon horse and sleigh tour of Zdiar village and picnic in the forest.

    Today we hop on the cable car up to Hrebienok above Smokovec to see some winter ice sculptures and take a short walk to Rainerova hut. And of course the view from the cable car on the way up gives us the opportunity for a bird’s eye view of our base.We then will visit a local museum in Zdiar to learn about the traditional weddings of the Goral people with the option to wear 'KROJ' traditional local costume that people used to wear at weddings.

    In the afternoon we will jump on the sleigh pulled by a hardy pair of horses and go on a tour around the village, offering views of the surrounding mountain peaks and folk architecture of the village of Zdiar along the way. Horse keepers will make a warming picnic lunch, grilling sausages on an open fire in the Slovak style, as well as hot tea and hot wine and some snacks for us at their shelter in the nearby forest.
    Hotel Villa Siesta

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 8

    End Smokovec, Tatras Mountains

    The trip ends today in Smokovec, Tatras Mountains.
    Hotel Villa Siesta

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Vaccinations

Slovakia

There are no specific health risks.

Poland

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner are included during the trip.

Due to the late arrival of the group flight on Day 1, a late cold buffet dinner will be offered by the hotel.

Hotel Villa Siesta has a hotel on site serving a set menu of local specialties and international cuisines. The group will also have the choice to eat evening meals in the local restaurants in Smokovec which we highly recommended.

Slovak cuisine is hearty and heavy on meat, potatoes, dumplings, soups, thick sauces and cheeses. Vegetables such as cabbage and wild mushrooms are also popular in dishes. Slovak cuisine is typical of a country with strong rural roots.

Vegetarians can be catered for, however, choices across Central Europe for vegetarians can be limited. Please advise us at time of booking if you have any special dietary requirements.

Weather

Smokovec lies at an altitude of approximately 1000m. During February, the month of the family trip departures, there is usually a good snow covering. It will be slightly warmer in the village than the higher areas we visit for skiing and snowshoeing however temperatures feel colder with the wind chill factor. February is typically warmer than January, with average temperatures likely to be between 0 and -5 in the town.

Slovakia

Is this trip for you?

 

This trip is graded Level 3: moderate. It is designed for ages 13 to 16. Although the itinerary has been designed with 13-16 year olds in mind, it is also suitable for 9-12 year olds. Our goal is to have similarly-aged children on each departure, which allows the leader to better adapt the pace of the trip as required.

Please see the family activity levels on our website for further information.

When grading our trips we consider multiple factors, the pace — how busy an itinerary is — and the level of activity involved. Then there’s the amount of time a family will spend travelling. The weather is an important factor too.

This trip is Level 3: Relatively full days, with 3 - 4 hours of physical activity per day. You should be reasonably confident in your fitness to ensure you get the most out of this trip, a light exercise routine pre departure will certainly help.

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotel Villa Siesta - 3 Star

A warm welcome awaits in the heart of the High Tatras at the 3-star Hotel Villa Siesta, just a short walk from the bars and restaurants of Smokovec. We use comfortable twin rooms with en suite facilities. The hotel has a restaurant serving a mixture of local and international cuisine, as well as a wellness centre with a number of optional spa treatments and sauna. Free Wi-Fi is available in all areas.

Single supplements are available upon request.

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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  • Reviewed February 2016
    Linda Still

    Tatras with the family

    High Tatras with the kids was a great experience. We met some lovely people and did some crazy things - acted out a typical Slovac wedding to name but a few!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Just being all together, having dinner together, laughing together...

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Peter was great - however the trip was somewhat hampered by the warmer weather which he managed beautifully. He was largely calm and collected when around him perhaps were not!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Bring plenty of Euros, there's lots of stopping so bring a book, try the sauna in the hotel and have a great time.

Dates & Prices